MIAMM: Crabbies

I don’t know about you but we love munching on snacks during the Eagles games. Maybe it’s a fall football thing but there’s something right about having a snack while sitting on the couch (most likely with a beer). The other week, the grocery store had an amazing deal on English muffins which got me thinking about the little crab appetizers made with English muffins.

Cheese! Crab! Carbs!

Essentially, the snacks are crack like (if you enjoy seafood). So into the freezer went the muffins and on to Internet I went for the recipe. Sure, I could have called home up for the recipe but I got lazy (calling would have involved writing down the recipe and I’d probably lose it.) Along the way, I learned this delectable snack had a name– Crabbies and Silver Linings Playbook referenced them during one of the Eagles game scenes.

Umm fate, if you ask me. We needed to munch on the Crabbies during the game especially after all the support Bradley Cooper has given the Eagles.

Crabbies Recipe

 

English Muffin Crabbies

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of English Muffins (split)
  • 1 stick (1/4 lb.) butter
  • 1 jar Old English cheese spread
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 (7 oz.) can crabmeat (drained)
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1. Soften butter and cheese in a bowl.
2. Add mayonnaise, seasonings and crabmeat and stir with a fork.
English muffin crabbies recipe
3. Have a few sips of beer, it took a bit of effort to blend everything.
4. Spread the mixture on split English muffins. I went light on the first few trying to gauge the amount of crab mixture per English muffin and then added more after all muffins had some.
English muffin crabbies recipe
5. Place on cookie sheet.
6. Freeze the English muffins for 30 minutes minutes.
7. After removing them from the freezer, cut the muffins in quarters.
English muffin crabbies recipe
Side note: At this point, you can refreeze all unused crabbies for another game.
8. Broil until bubbly and crisp (about 5-7 minutes.)
9. Enjoy!
English muffin crabbies recipe

 

 

 

 

 

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Make It a Meal Monday: Lasagna Dip

When I married Greg, I accepted the lifelong mission of making him Italian.  He’s quickly caught to certain aspects from the copious amounts of food we make for holidays (not just Italian food either) and the fact that spaghetti cheese should never come from a green container.

Taking him on an eating tour of Italy helped!

Taking him on an eating tour of Italy helped!

Side note: Does anyone else call grated cheese spaghetti cheese?

Christmas dinner became a turning point in Greg’s conversion– he had lasagna made with homemade noodles.  My dad and sister spent the afternoon rolling out the lasagna sheets while my mom boiled and assembled the dish.

Side note: I have a very hard time with no bake noodles due to the amount of sauce/gravy you have to add.  You run a fine line between having soup or a dried out lasagna.  Lasagna is a labor of love, take the extra 15 minutes to cook your noodles.

She even separated the ricotta filling into three bowls to have an even amount between the layers.  It was perfection.  Greg was in heaven although his stomach was in pain from all the lasagna and braciola.  So tonight’s recipe includes some great aspects of lasagna.  The internet offers a variety of recipes with increasing amount of steps.  This recipe felt more like lasagna to me based upon the ricotta mixture.  Yes, it took more time than some of the less involved recipes but as I said, lasagna is a labor of love.

The best part about this recipe– no messed up first slice of lasanga.  Just dip and eat!

lasagna dip recipe

Lasagna Dip (based on I Heart Eating’s recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. Italian sausage (or ground turkey/beef)
  • 1/4 c. chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 leaves of basil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ½ c. ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese,
  • 1 c. shredded Italian cheese blend or mozzarella
1. Find a shallow baking dish and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Brown sausage and make sure you break up the big pieces (in case you didn’t get all the pieces, feel free to cut with kitchen scissors after browning).
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3. Drain and set aside.
4. Dice 1/4 cup of onion and mince your garlic.  Make your husband sautee them for a minute or two in the pan. (use the same one you browned the meat in).
lasagna dip recipe
5.  Add the can of tomatoes, basil, and salt.
lasagna dip recipe
6. After two minutes, add the sausage.
lasagna dip recipe
7. Let simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. While you are waiting for it to simmer, stir together ricotta, egg, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
lasagna dip recipe
9. Spread the mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.
lasagna dip recipe
10. Pour the simmering sauce over the cheese and top with Parmesan cheese and shredded cheese.
lasagna dip recipe
11.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
12. Serve with sliced Italian bread (we’re actually having the leftover topping quinoa for dinner tomorrow night).
13.  Enjoy!
lasagna dip recipe

Make It a Meal Monday: Warm Blueberry Cheese Dip

There’s nothing better on a cold Sunday afternoon in January than watching the Philadelphia Eagles in a playoff game while eating a delicious appetizer.

Sadly, after Saturday’s performance only one of these things will now be happening.

Yes, the appetizers!  Every Monday of January, Make It a Meal is going to feature an appetizer to get your tastebuds ready for the feasts of all feasts—Super Bowl Sunday.

Today’s recipes is a salty and sweet dip which will make your taste buds sing.  The best part about the recipe is that it’s easy to make and a huge crowd pleaser.

Warm Blueberry Dip Recipe

Side note: I was able to use blueberries from Greg’s birthday adventure.  We froze all the unused blueberries before they went bad.

Now on to the recipe!

Warm Blueberry Cheese Dip  (from How Sweet It Is)

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 brick of cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1. Shred the sharp cheese (or buy preshredded).

Warm Blueberry Dip Recipe

2. Cube the cream cheese and mix with sharp cheese.

Warm Blueberry Dip Recipe

3. Add blueberries and mix.

Warm Blueberry Dip Recipe

4. Place in an oven safe dish or be lazy like me and do all the previous step in the oven safe dish.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring at the 15 minute mark.

Warm Blueberry Dip Recipe

6. Enjoy!

Warm Blueberry Dip Recipe

You can serve this with scoops (amazing choice), a sliced/toasted baguette, or any salty treat you’d like.

Make It a Meal Monday: Sin Dip

Are you a sinner?  This weekend I sinned big time and had very little qualms over the fact.  Tonight I might even sin some more.

Since yesterday was the first Sunday we were home for the entire Eagles game, it called for a divinely sinful treat—Mississippi Sin Dip.  The real sin of this dip is how delicious it is because you cannot stop eating it.  I pinned this recipe ages ago and decided the Eagles (and Greg) were a worthy reason to get cooking.

Plus living with the one armed bandit, I’ve been making meals that are simple for Greg to eat with one hand.

A simple search for Sin Dip resulted in about 2352525 recipes—all with their own little twist on the recipe.  You can serve it in a bread bowl (we did not), you can eat it with chip/crackers/bread/carrots, or whatever your pantry has.  So let’s get started.

Mississippi Sin Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup of diced ham
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Combine everything into the mixer.  I find cubing up the cream cheese helps with mixing all the ingredients.

Sin Dip Recipe2. If you are serving in a bread bowl, hollow out your bread bowl and spoon the dip in.  If you’re lazy like me, place in a crock stolen from your mother.

Sin Dip Recipe

3. Bake for an hour a 350 degrees.

4. Enjoy with a beer while watching the game!

Sin Dip Recipe